Every 10 or 20 years a guitar method is published that sets a new milestone in guitar education. The guitar studies of Fernando Sor, the Carcassi Guitar Method, Mel Bay's Modern Guitar Method and Ted Greene's Chord Chemistry are four excellent examples. Each earned its place in the history of music education, and the efficacy of each approach holds up to this day.
The TrueFire edition of Marc Schonbrun's The Efficient Guitarist holds great promise to join their ranks as a breakthrough method for guitarists.
We've been compiling this expanded and interactive video edition from Marc's original works for over two years. The material and methods herein have been thoroughly tested by hundreds of students and instructors during the process with great success. Guitar players of all levels, across all styles, will benefit from this exceptional resource.
The Efficient Guitarist is not a beginner course any more than it is an advanced course of study. It is simply an entirely fresh approach to navigating the fretboard and applying harmony. This course has the potential to completely transform your rhythm playing, your soloing, and your skills as an improviser. It's the perfect companion to all other TrueFire courses.
Marc Schonbrun graduated magna cum laude from the Crane School of Music. He is an active educator, writer, and performer in the San Francisco Bay Area. Marc's musical resume ranges from classical guitar concertos to jazz trios to rock concerts. Marc's a highly sought-after lecturer on guitar and music technology, and frequently tours the country educating both musicians and teachers.
In an extraordinarily "efficient" fashion, Schonbrun exploits the visual qualities, shapes, and symmetries that are unique to the guitar. The Efficient Guitarist connects these visual qualities to the applied theory and harmony necessary for playing virtually any style of music.
Marc Schonbrun steps you through the entire system covering moveable major, minor, dominant, jazz and extended chords, scales, arpeggios and forms, intervals, performance positions, progressions, theory, harmony, nuance, phrasing, inflections, transposition, improvisation and everything else you'll need to master the method and take command of your instrument.
Schonbrun demonstrates how to apply all of the concepts in a musical context by improvising over specially prepared practice rhythm tracks, which cover a wide variety of styles, keys and tempos. All of the tracks are included in the course.
The Efficient Guitarist is about those "aha!" moments. Remember learning your first major barre chord and then realizing how that one shape could be moved up and down the fretboard to play a major chord in all 12 keys? The Efficient Guitarist is packed with similar epiphanies and BIG ideas. 145 pages, 200+ diagrams and 569 minutes worth of video will provide an entirely fresh, ear-and-eye-opening perspective for playing the guitar.
Whatever your level, whatever your style, The Efficient Guitarist is unquestionably a must-have reference in your educational library.